14th ICA CCR Asia-Pacific Research Conference

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Co-operation among co-operatives and mutuals in the Asia-Pacific region –  working together to achieve a flourishing and sustainable future

We are pleased to announce that the Newcastle Business School, at the University of Newcastle, Australia will host the International Co-operative Alliance Asia-Pacific Research Conference (ICA-CCR-AP-2019) from 12th to 14th December, 2019. The conference will be held at our new educational precinct, NewSpace in Newcastle, Australia, a thriving regional city, located on the Pacific coast, two hours north of Sydney and a one hour drive from the Hunter Valley wine region.

This will be the first time the ICA-CCR-AP-2019 conference has been held in Australia. Newcastle has a deep history as an early home to the Australian consumer co-operative movement and is a significant centre of Australian mutuals. The Newcastle Business School currently offers Australia’s only post-graduate degree in Co-operative Management and Organisation.

The central theme for the 14th ICA CCR Asia-Pacific Research Conference is the contribution that co-operation and knowledge sharing among co-operatives and mutuals in the Asia-Pacific region can make towards a flourishing and sustainable future.

Keynote Speakers

Greg Patmore, Emeritus Professor of Business and Labour History, University of Sydney

Melina Morrison, CEO, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, Australia

The central theme for the ICA-CCR-AP-2019 is the contribution that co-operation and knowledge sharing among co-operatives and mutuals in the Asia-Pacific region can make towards a flourishing and sustainable future. Co-operation among co-operatives within national boundaries usually occurs through initiatives organised by second and third tier co-operative federations and associations, but there are new opportunities to build and strengthen the regional Asia-Pacific co-operative movement. These new opportunities include:

  • co-operation among co-operatives in international supply chains;
  • the networking of agricultural co-operatives;
  • the development and sharing of digital co-operative platforms;
  • multi-stakeholder co-operatives;
  • the potential for data–co-operatives to protect Indigenous and farmer knowledge from exploitation; and new methods of fund raising for co-operative development consistent with co-operative principles.

This conference will bring together researchers who are interested in the role that co-operatives and mutuals can play in securing a flourishing sustainable future for our communities. Under this overarching theme, potential topics for research papers include (but are not limited to):

  1. Innovative models for the promotion of co-operation amongst co-operatives
  2. Co-operatives and the empowerment of women
  3. Co-operatives as an engine of economic growth
  4. Legal and institutional parameters and development of co-operatives and mutuals
  5. Education and training for co-operatives in the Asian Pacific
  6. The role of mutuals and multi stakeholder co-operatives in the delivery of health and public services
  7. Credit unions, building societies and mutual banks and co-operative capital
  8. Co-operative solutions to the provision of renewable energy
  9. Co-operative solutions to the provision of affordable housing
  10. Platform co-operativism and open source organisational development
  11. Co-operative solutions to data exploitation and redefining intellectual property.
  12. Co-operatives and block chain solutions to supply chain problems
  13. Indigenous co-operatives supporting indigenous communities
  14. Worker co-operatives and the protection of decent work
  15. Theories underlying co-operative success
  16. When and why have co-operatives fail—is this inevitable?

We hope that you will join us to showcase the rich diversity of co-operative research in the Asian Pacific region and help us to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas, surprises and new networks and connections for a flourishing and sustainable co-operative future.

Please go to the submissions page for further instructions

Tentative conference program: (details to be finalised)

Young Scholars Workshop

Thursday December 12th (1pm to 4pm)

Pre-conference Meet & Greet Event

Thursday December 12th (5pm to 6.30pm)

Research Conference Day 1

Friday December 13th (9am to 5pm)

Conference Dinner (Optional)

Friday December 13th (7pm to 11pm)

Research Conference Day 2Saturday December 14th (9am to 1pm)

Registration fee (includes entry into all sessions Friday and Saturday, Thursday meet & greet, Friday morning tea, lunch, and afternoon teas, Saturday morning tea, and lunch):

Early Bird (register and pay on or before Friday August 30th 2019AUD $75
RegistrationAUD $100
Student (evidence must be provided prior to registration)AUD $60
Conference Dinner
for conference attendees
for non conference attendees

Free Research Workshop for Post-Graduate Students (includes lunch and afternoon tea)

Early career scholars (PhD, Masters and post doc) are invited to attend a research workshop to be held in the afternoon of 12th December. Evidence of your ECR status must be provided prior to registration for this event. A code will be sent to those eligible to enable registration.

To be considered for the program please submit an abstract of no more 350 words and include a list of at 3-5 keywords. Your abstract must comprise relevant references and include institutional affiliation, and email addresses for lead and co-authors.

If accepted for the Research Workshop you are also expected to present at the regular conference.

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2019.

If your proposal is accepted your full paper must be sent to ICA - AP 2019 with the subject field FREE RESEARCH WORKSHOP by October 30th, 2019. Please note your full paper should be no more than 3,000 words, excluding references. Each presenter will be assigned an academic mentor who will review your paper.

Paper presentation:

  • You will have 10 minutes to present your paper;
  • 10 minutes are allocated to your mentor;
  • and 10 minutes for Q&A.

Thanks to the generosity of the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of the University of Newcastle there is no charge for Post-Graduate (PhD, research masters) students and appointed mentors who attend this session. Non students and non-appointed mentors may attend at a charge of $25.00.

The conference venue New Space is located in Newcastle CBD, so there is ample choice of a range of accommodation types, from backpacker to luxury hotels within reasonable walking distance and/or public transport. Newcastle has recently launched a tramline

Below are sample of hotels in different price ranges in the vicinity of the conference venue. Price samples have been taken from the hotel’s websites and may be subject to change depending on availability. In order to secure your accommodation the participant will need to do their own bookings either directly with the hotel, or alternatively use search engines like Expedia.com, Booking.com or similar.

When you use search engines be careful to enter Newcastle, Australia - otherwise you will likely get Newcastle in the UK. Hotels/accommodation in the 2300 post code area – within suburbs such as Newcastle East, Newcastle, Honeysuckle, The Hill and Cooks Hill - are closest to the conference venue.

Examples of Hotels – high end

Newcastle offers a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from 4.5 star self-contained hotel options to budget rooms in backpacker hostels or pubs.

Below is a list of recommended accommodation options located within close proximity to NeW Space City Precinct Campus.

Rydges Newcastle

Located directly on the historic Newcastle harbour front, Rydges (formerly Crowne Plaza) Newcastle boasts a range of well-appointed guest rooms with spectacular views.  It is within easy access to beaches, parks, Honeysuckle restaurants and is a 5 minute walk to the conference at NeW Space.

Website: https://www.rydges.com/accommodation/regional-nsw/newcastle/

Noahs on the Beach

Overlooking Newcastle Beach, this relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from Fort Scratchley museum and a 20-minute walk NeW Space.

Website: http://www.noahsonthebeach.com.au/

Novotel Newcastle

Located alongside one of Australia’s best surfing beaches Novotel Newcastle Beach offers a spa pool, a steam room, a fully equipped gymnasium and secure covered parking. Guests also enjoy an onsite bar and restaurant. Alternatively, you can visit local restaurants, bars and cafes, within 10 minutes' walk away. The Novotel is located 15-20 minute walk from the conference location, NeW Space.

Website: http://www.novotelnewcastlebeach.com.au/

Quest Newcastle

Quest Newcastle is just 300 metres from the Waterfront and provides self-contained apartments with laundry facilities and a full kitchen and a private balcony. Quest Newcastle Apartments are an 8-minute walk from the conference.

Website: http://www.questapartments.com.au/properties/nsw/newcastle/quest-newcastle/overview

Hotel - Medium price range

The Lucky Hotel, from $161 per night

This recently renovated heritage pub is one light rail stop from New Space in the heart of the King Street retail and foodie precinct. 5 minute walk to New Space.

Website: https://theluckyhotel.com.au/

Clarendon Pub Hotel, from $160 per night

Renovated pub hotel 3 minute walk to New Space. Note that this hotel has a pub and restaurant on the ground floor and may be noisy.

Website: https://clarendonhotel.com.au/

Holiday Inn Express, from $ 149 per night

This is a new hotel close to the Newcastle Interchange. From the railway station and outside the hotel it is a 10 minute walk to New Space.

Website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/newcastle/ntlnc/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-AU-_-NTLNC

Travelodge Newcastle, from $146 per night

Very convenient location around 10 minutes walk from New Space. Or alternatively take the tram a few stops.

Website: https://www.travelodge.com.au/hotel/newcastle/

Hotels - Lower price range

Hotel Ibis Newcastle, from $ 110 per night

Website: https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3236-ibis-newcastle/index.shtml

The Oriental Hotel, prices from $95 per night

Website: https://oriental-hotel.business.site/

Backpackers and youth hostels

YHA – Newcastle Beach, from $30 in shared rooms

Website: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/newcastle-surrounds/newcastle-beach/

Backpackers Newcastle, from $35 in 8 - 6 or 4 bed dormitories

Website: http://www.backpackersnewcastle.com.au/

Private rentals and Airbnb

For private apartment rentals, see the Homeaway.com.au website.

Or search private rentals through AirBnB

For both note that properties in the 2300 post code area - Newcastle East, Newcastle, Honeysuckle, The Hill and Cooks Hill - are closest to the conference venue and within reasonable walking distance.

Newcastle is located on the east coast of NSW, a short two-hour drive north of Sydney. Newcastle Airport is a 25-minute drive from the CBD of Newcastle and offers regular services to major cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


Newcastle Airport is the fastest growing regional airport in Australia and offers direct daily flights to and from major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, The Gold Coast and Ballina. These cities provide a hub through to other destinations around Australia and the world.

Five airlines service Newcastle Airport (15 kilometres north of Newcastle). Jetstar flies from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne, Virgin Australia flies from Brisbane and Melbourne, QantasLink flies from Brisbane, Rex Airlines flies from Sydney and Fly Pelican flies from Canberra, Sydney, Ballina / Byron Bay, Dubbo and Coffs Harbour. Port Stephens Coaches runs buses between the airport and the bus terminal next in Newcastle. Hunter Valley Buses runs buses from the airport to East Maitland via Raymond Terrace. The Newcastle Airport Information Services Desk can arrange door-to-door transfers. Please phone 02 4928 9822, or email nais@newcastleairport.com.au.


Sit back and relax by riding the rails to Hamilton or Broadmeadow Stations, with connecting shuttle buses to central Newcastle and beaches until the light rail is installed (watch this space).

Catch one of the regular Newcastle and Central Coast services departing from Sydney’s Central Station, Strathfield, Eastwood, Epping or Hornsby to continue north to Broadmeadow or Hamilton (www.transportnsw.infowww.sydneytrains.info).

TrainLink's inter-city services connect Brisbane to Broadmeadow via the regional cities of Casino, Grafton, Wauchope and Taree, before continuing to Sydney. Broadmeadow is a major railway hub: north-western services from Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Narrabri also arrive here.


Newcastle is a two-hour drive north of Sydney. Need wheels? Find car rental companies at the airport and throughout the city. Some of the options include EuropcarHertzBudget Car and Truck Rental or Newcastle Car or Truck Rental.


Head to Newcastle on a long-distance bus - Greyhound services leave from Sydney's Central Station, Brisbane's Coach Terminal and Melbourne's Travel Centre. Newcastle's local bus network radiates from the Coach Interchange, behind Railway Station , Wharf Rd. Major bus interchanges are found at the University of Newcastle, Wallsend, Glendale, Warners Bay, Belmont, Charlestown Square, Westfield Kotara and Broadmeadow Station. Trips taken within a designated area of Newcastle's CBD are free on State Transit-operated bus services. Opal cards are used on Newcastle's local buses replacing the time-based tickets that are unique to the city. For more information visit www.newcastlebuses.info

The coastal city of Newcastle is the heart of Australia’s famous Hunter Region. Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest and second oldest city. Newcastle was recently identified by National Geographic Traveller Magazine as an emerging global smart city excelling in the challenges of the twenty first century. Newcastle has been recognised by Tourism Australia as Australia’s Coolest Coastal Town and by Lonely Planet as a Top Ten Global City. Newcastle has been four times named a world-class festival and events city by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Newcastle is surrounded by eight spectacular beaches and is home to a vibrant university culture, thriving arts scene and an emerging innovation ecosystem. Located only 160 kilometres north of Sydney, Newcastle is easily accessible by car or train from Sydney, or through direct flights to Newcastle Airport from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For more information check out Visit Newcastle.